Written by Rebekah McNeff, Digital Marketing Assistant

 The Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) in Mt. Sterling and the local Quilts of Valor group partnered to present Quilts of Valor® to six Dot employees who served our country. The event took place on Wednesday, May 26 in Mt. Sterling with the Mt. Sterling Legion presenting the colors to kick off the event.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to cover every service member and veteran touched by war with the comfort and healing of a quilt. Volunteers hand make every quilt that is awarded to a service member or veteran.

Friends, family, and co-workers gathered to honor the Dot veterans who received the Quilts of Valor:

  • David Shireman, Parcel Handler I, Army
  • Greg Jones, Housekeeping Supervisor, Army
  • Jay Kimble, No-Touch Freight Driver, Air Force
  • Lisa Hansen, Team Driver, Navy
  • Kasandra Lynn, Frozen Warehouse Supervisor, Air Force
  • April Maulding, Dry Light-Pick Warehouse Material Handler, Army

Jay Kimble served in the Air Force for 13 years (1979-1993) as an avionics communication specialist fixing radios on aircraft for the first five years.Then he cross-trained into an automated test specialty. He used his training to work as an electronic test technician for 18 years after leaving the Air Force. Jay was one of six Dot employees to receive a Quilt of Valor this May.

“My favorite part of the event was seeing all the ladies drape the quilts over the recipient’s shoulders,” said Jay. “I know my eyes were a little watery when she put mine on my shoulders.”

Kasandra Lynn was in the Air Force for 10 years, with an end of service date of January 2020 (Air Force Reserves). She worked as an ophthalmic technician, specializing in the verification of pilot’s initial and annual flight physicals. She also worked on officer and enlisted reserve members’ deployment packets.

“I enjoyed hearing the stories of the other previously enlisted members through general conversation that was had before the event,” Kasandra said. “I regret not having more words to thank the Midwest Quilters at the time of receiving the quilt. Their work is very beautifully done on each quilt given to the veterans!”

Jay and Kasandra were two of the six Dot employees to receive a Quilt of Valor this May.